All About Jazz - TROY DOSTERT writes.....Confirming the many advantages of a regular working ensemble, the Alchemy Sound Project came together in 2014 to provide an additional venue of exploration for several members of the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute in Los Angeles. Although the group possesses an affinity for fusing classical composition techniques with expansive improvisation, what stands out on Afrika Love, the collective's third release, is its undisguised love of the jazz tradition.
With a three-horn core of trumpeter Samantha Boshnack and multi-instrumentalists Erica Lindsay and Salim Washington, the veteran members of the group also include bassist David Arend and pianist Sumi Tonooka. And as been the case on each of its releases, the ensemble is once again complemented by guests on trombone and drums-on this album, Michael Ventoso and Chad Taylor, respectively. Ventoso's presence adds low-end sonority to the group's crafty arrangements, while Taylor brings his own characteristically alchemical rhythmic tendencies to the album.
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KXSF 102.5 FM San Francisco - Frequency Uplift! Bob Thayer is in conversation with jazz pianist/composer VIJAY IYER, on his new trio and music ‘Uneasy.' They discuss creating art and social change, and on challenging the political and cultural moment.
Uneasy, with Tyshawn Sorey and Linda May Han Oh, is Vijay Iyer's second trio album on ECM and his seventh appearance as a leader on the label. Navigating from one shape-shifting idea to another, he continues to push boundaries from one album to the next. His unique musical approach has gained him many accolades and much praise from the international press, The New York Times summarizing his persona as a "social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway". On Uneasy, he draws on the history of the music while continuing to push it forward. In the course of this endeavour, the political and social turbulences dominating today's American landscape are reflected in musical contemplation and tense space. In his liner notes, Vijay elaborates on how today "the word ‘uneasy' feels like a brutal understatement, too mild for cataclysmic times. But maybe, since the word contains its own opposite, it reminds us that the most soothing, healing music is often born of and situated within profound unrest; and conversely, the most turbulent music may contain stillness, coolness, even wisdom."
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WFMT'S LISA FLYNN WRITES......Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin is also a versatile pianist. In the summer of 2020, when the pandemic shut down most of the cultural life all over the world, he found, as he describes it, "kind of a salvation" in playing the piano – and recorded his first solo album. Nézet-Séguin was inspired also by the memory of his admired teacher Anisia Campos who had passed away that year. Playing the piano "gave me an opportunity for introspection, something that I think most of us did – not only artists and musicians, but every human being – recalibrating our priorities, what our purpose is in life, and what our aspirations are. It was important for me to reflect the whole range of repertoire that Madame Campos taught me, and to offer this album as a journey through some very dark and intimate places, but also through some dreamy ones, more positive and hopeful. It's a broad spectrum from Scarlatti to today."
For June 14 2021, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Introspection: Solo Piano Sessions is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release.'
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JOMORO is the alias of the musical merger of...Joey Waronker – Veteran drummer of session and live renown with the likes of Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, Adele, Beck, Roger Waters, Air and R.E.M., and full-fledged member of Ultraista and Atoms for Peace, the latter of which also featured bandmate...and Mauro Refosco – International percussionist hailing from Brazil to Broadway-specifically David Byrne's American Utopia-with additional credits ranging from Vampire Weekend and Red Hot Chili Peppers to Dirty Projectors, Bebel Gilberto and Caetano Veloso, among others.
Whereas the two have recorded together before-notably alongside Thom Yorke, Flea and Nigel Godrich on Atoms For Peace's #2 charting album AMOK-with JOMORO, Joey and Mauro build their own world at the crossroads of the electronic and the percussive. The expanse of the duo's musical realm is mapped throughout the sonic geography of its debut album, Blue Marble Sky (Sony Music Masterworks): a 12-track travelogue that transports the listener to aural environs ranging from the tranquil Brazilian rainforest to bustling city streets, with occasional breezy pop detours along the way.
This is a double interview as Harmonious World Podcast's Hilary Robertson speaks to JOMORO. LISTEN
The New York Times critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City.......June 3, 2021. The New York Times - LAUREL GRAEBER writes......Cinema Treats, Short and Often Sweet. These are just a few of the subjects in KidsFilmFest, an international slate of short cinematic adventures that this year, like last, will be shown entirely online. For $10, families can view the two programs, which are presented by the Brooklyn Film Festival, any time from noon on Friday to 10 p.m. Eastern time on June 13. Streaming on CineSend, each series - eight titles for ages 3 to 7, and nine for ages 8 to 15 - will be followed by a recorded discussion with filmmakers.
The animated choices include Xi Chengzhuo's beautiful, wordless "Ballad of Music Notes"; Catherine Chen's "Yuan Yuan and the Hollow Monster," in which a girl defeats a hurricane; and Susan Lim and Samudra Kajal Saikia's "Boy Scientist," about geek romance. But the most powerful love story is live action: "At Last," Lorena Gordon's portrayal of a gay teenager's coming of age - and heartfelt coming out.
Gramophone Magazine noted that GRAMMY-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta conducts performances that are assured, spontaneous and superbly played. An award winning musician and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and National Council on the Arts, Ms. Faletta has introduced over 500 works by American composers, including over 100 world premieres, and her discography tops 120 titles. Not only does she lead the Buffalo Philharmonic, but is also Music Director Laureate of the Virginia Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center, and Artistic Adviser of the Hawaii Symphony and Cleveland Institute of Music - Orchestra. Hailed for having ‘Toscanini's tight control over her ensembles, Walter's affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski's gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein', Joann Falletta is a leading force for the music of our time.
In 2018, The Buffalo Philharmonic made their first international tour in three decades and performed at Warsaw's Beethoven Easter Festival. The impetus for the tour was the BPO's friendship with Krzysztof Penderecki and his wife, Easter Festival founder and artistic director Elzbieta Penderecka. That year the festival celebrated the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, as well as Penderecki's 85th birthday, and Maestra Falletta also made history as the first American women conductor to lead an orchestra at the prestigious event.
JoAnn Falletta is here with us to discuss the great Polish composer; Krystof Penderecki. LISTEN
JoAnn, met Penderecki when guest-conducting in Krakow, and invited him to Buffalo. In December 2016, Penderecki led the BPO in concert. Soon after that, the BPO accepted Penderecka's invitation to perform at the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw. What was your first impressions of meeting Penderecki?
For our conversation today, JF and I touched on 3 Penderecki pieces that you have performed and recorded; the Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, the Horn Concerto subtitled Vinterreise, and the Adagio from Symphony #3.
The Double Concerto, a commission from Vienna's Musikverein which marked the society's bicentenary provided Penderecki an opportunity to try out an idea suggested to him by Julian Rachlin, who wanted a work that he could play and record both the solo violin and viola parts. Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major is probably the most well known example of a piece in this format. Max Bruch and Benjamin Britten have also contributed, JF gives thoughts on
Why there are relatively few compositions in this configuration.
Why Penderecki's Double Concerto has had a huge impact on the repertoire.
the Horn Concerto running counter to Penderecki development.
the Adagio from Symphony No. 3
Maestra JoAnn Falletta in a candid interview about Krystof Penderecki
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H enoxn's Liana Malandrenioti writes......The presence of Smaro Grigoriadou in contemporary Greek music is very valuable , as a soloist, as a composer, as a researcher and mainly as a performer with her decisive contribution to the support and promotion of Aesthetics Kertsopoulos. The discography of Kertsopoulos is based on the system and method of Aesthetics, but also on the musical realization of this interpretive school. In her record debut in 2009 she introduced the term "Reinventing guitar" (reinventing the guitar), where on the cd she appeared as a soloist and as a composer with works for guitar by Bach, Skarlatti, Jose, Kertsopoulos and her own (in her first world performances). Aesthetics Kertsopoulos) and surprised us with new interpretive proposals for the traditional guitar repertoire, through a redefinition.
The recent record work entitled «A Healing Fire» ( A Therapeutic Fire ), was released amid pandemic in adverse conditions for the world of music and recorded again from Delos.
In this album, Grigoriadou, holding in her hands exclusively the guitars of the teacher and companion of George Kertsopoulos, chooses to perform works by composers of different eras, one of the Baroque era and three of the twenty-first twenty-first century. The works have been recorded with two instruments by Kertsopoulos of non-conventional construction and acoustics. Interventions include pedal mechanisms, new string materials and non-standard settings. We hear a rich and clear sound and an interpretation that reaches perfection. She arranges the arrangements of the works for the specific guitars. The interesting sound experience opens with the transcription for Sonata for Violin no. 2, in minor, BWV 1003, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Grigoriadou interprets the sonata with thought and clarity and proves that this innovative approach with her guitars gives baroque music a special charm. The Night after John Dowland ( Opcturnal after John Dowland ), Op. 70, by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), completed in 1963 especially for the important and relatively recently lost guitarist and lute player Julian Bream (1933-2020). Bream endowed the guitar repertoire with many important works as he inspired great composers of his time to write works for guitar such as William Walton, Michael Tippet, Richard Rodney Bennett, Malcolm Arnold, Alan Rawsthorne, Lennox Berkeley and Hans Werner Henze, etc. .a. The Night of Britten based on the theme of the song Come Deep Drive ( Come, heavy Sleep) belonging to First Book Quadrophony Song or Aryans ( First Book of Songs or Ayres of Four Parts ). This is a collection of twenty songs for voice and lute, published in 1597 and belonging to the leading English (or Irish) Renaissance composer John Dowland (1563-1626). Grigoriadou conveys to us the beauty, the rhythm and the harmony of the Night with subtle sensitivity.
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Following on from her award-winning, debut album Romance, a portrait of Clara Schumann that landed at the top of the UK Classical Chart on its release in 2019, 25-year-old British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason presents her vibrant second album Summertime, fizzing with her signature virtuosic flair.
Three-time GRAMMY Award-nominated pianist Joey Alexander follows his major-label debut album, WARNA (Verve Records), with three new singles "SALT" (March 19: LINK), "Under the Sun" (April 23: LINK), and "Summer Rising" (May 28: LINK) set for global release on Verve.
Danish-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter, pianist and producer announces her new digital EP, Live from Brooklyn, set for release on 21 May 2021
Following the release of her fourth studio album Myopia in 2020, Agnes Obel returns with a new four-track digital EP, Live from Brooklyn.
A fresh and open music – delicate, space-conscious and adventurous – is shaped as drummer Thomas Strønen and pianist Ayumi Tanaka, previously heard together in the ensemble Time Is A Blind Guide, resurface in a trio with clarinettist/singer/percussionist Marthe Lea.
Har Re Har Har, Har Re Har Har, Har Re Har Har, Har Rung"
and if you watched the video, it will simply rub off on you–the chemistry, the colors, the vibrancy that they all have brought together make you forget the dark and uncertain period of the past few months.
I remember their last single "Akal," and whenever I hear it, I get goosebumps. It feels like the duo is on a crusade to drive out the negativity, the gloom, and the directionlessness that the world is engulfed with, and what could be more powerful than to do it with the power of sound–a sound replete with the power of mantras, variety of instrumentation, vocals, and vistas of hope and joy! It is a complete package!
New self-titled album by Shunia blends Sanskrit chants, Latin prayer, ancient poetry and exquisite orchestration into a sound that feels both new and timeless.
SHUNIA, by Shunia, features the fusion of classical instruments from different countries, multiple styles of vocals, and the focusing energy of ancient chants to bring feelings of joy, hope, and awareness to Western culture at a crucial moment in time. The album charted on Amazon's Top 20 Digital New Releases for New Age and is available worldwide.
To create their self-titled album of transcendent music and melodic harmonies, Shunia -- music duo Lisa Reagan and Suzanne Jackson -- co- composed with Tony Award-winning producer Jamshied Sharifi. The album takes the listener through mantra melodies, energetic vocals, and dynamic compositions worthy of a feature film score. They are joined by renowned Moroccan artist Hassan Hakmoun, the godfather of Gnawa music, performing on two of the tracks.
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo is used for "tuning in" to the divine flow and self-knowledge within each of us. It brings us out of the earthy frenetic energy to an inward focus. Shunia feels that the vibration that is created in the body while singing is centering and healing. It is believed that the mantra actually causes the energetical and physical bodies to change their inner vibrational frequency level, becoming more attuned with the divine energy.
As we were composing the music, Suzanne wanted to add the English translation words, "I bow to the divine wisdom, I bow to the Guru within." At first, Lisa resisted because she didn't want it to take us out of the hypnotic, mesmerizing feel of the music, but in the end we all agreed that the English words created another level of meaning.
We wanted to honor the ancient nature of this chant and the millions of people who have chanted these words all over the world for thousands of years. Fortunately, Shunia's producer, Jamshied knows several world musicians who play rare and ancient instruments. Their sound takes you to another time, to another world. It reminds us of how we as humans have stood on this earth for millennia and looked up to the heavens for understanding and wholeness.
When Shunia was putting their new album together they decided to include a song based on the Akal mantra. It has a special meaning and purpose: To help guide the departing soul on its journey out of the worldly realm.
Here are Shunia's thoughts about" Akal":
"As we were composing the track, we thought it'd be beautiful to have a more classical counter melody line going over the top of the chant. As we worked on it, it came to us that using the Italian phrase, "risposa in pace", which means, "rest in peace" would not only be a beautiful musical line to sing but would also be appropriate to the true meaning of the mantra. It would also give an Eastern and Western connection to this human expression of mourning, and desire for our souls to have eternal life.
Shunia's latest release is taken from their forthcoming self-titled album. "Har Hare Hari Wahe Guru" is based on a mantra that encourages your creative expression and lights the spark of artistry within.
Working with album producer Jamshied Sharifi and many excellent global musicians, Shunia creates a genre-defying track with the power to connect you to the energy within and around you. Collaborating again with renowned Moroccan artist Hassan Hakmoun, Shunia said, "Hassan's performance on this song takes us to where we can feel the spirit and beauty of the life force."
"Har Hare Hari Wahe Guru" uses the primal force of creativity to bring one through any block and awaken your own creative potential within.
Taking a fresh approach to singing "Alleluia" -- one of the most well recognized and universal chants in the world -- the classically-trained duo, Shunia, adds layers of depth with the 23rd Psalm performed in Latin as well as Gregorian chant and global instruments. Beautiful, yet haunting, Shunia's "Alleluia" is another unique yet timeless offering that is perfect for the season of lights.
Dominus regit me, et nihil mihi deerit: in loco pascuæ, ibi me collocavit.
Super aquam refectionis educavit me; animam meam convertit.
Deduxit me super semitas justitiæ propter nomen suum.
Nam etsi ambulavero in medio umbræ mortis, non timebo mala, quoniam tu
Virga tua, et baculus tuus, ipsa me consolata sunt.
WHO IS SHUNIA? Shunia is a duo (Lisa Reagan and Suzanne Jackson) that combines addictive melodies, ancient chants and polycultural rhythms into a sound that feels both new and timeless. Together, they create genre-defying music to transform and connect you to the energy within and around you.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell. Don't go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep.
Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi's influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions. People of many countries have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. Rumi has been described as the "most popular poet" and the "best selling poet" in the United States.
Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God. Rumi encouraged listening to music and twirling, or doing the sacred dance. The dance represents a mystical journey in which the seeker symbolically turnstowards the truth, grows through love, and finds the truth. The seeker then returns from this journey, with greater maturity, to love and to be of service to the whole of creation without regard to beliefs, races, classes and nations. It was from these ideas that the practice of whirling Dervishes developed.
Rumi's poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and today Rumi's poems can be heard in churches, synagogues, Zen monasteries, as well as in the downtown New York art/performance/music scene. Recordings of Rumi poems have made it to the USA's Billboard's Top 20 list. A selection of his love poems have been performed by artists such as Madonna, Goldie Hawn, Philip Glass and Demi Moore.